Do you feel like you’re not just stuck but being sucked down?
As busy adults, we’re often involved in a variety of projects at home and work. Our To-Do list ranges from simple tasks like paying bills to more difficult ones, such as replacing the ceiling fan. If you’re like many entrepreneurs, you enjoy the satisfaction of managing these tasks on your own. After all, how difficult can it be to buy and replace a ceiling fan?
Well, as you probably know from experience, some of those ten minute easy To-Do tasks can take ten hours. That’s ten hours away from your business and family. Why do we reach a point where we feel the world is sucking us in?
Often it’s fear that holds us back. We’re afraid of letting go of a task or commitment in order to work on something else. Yes, we could get to that ceiling fan, but it means juggling our schedule. We know how to bill a client, but that also means taking time away from business or family. It’s often easier to put off a task than to take the time to figure out how to complete the task.
How to Lift Yourself Out of Quicksand
- First, write down all your strengths. And I say all, because I know there are many. Our strengths often come so naturally that we don’t recognize them as strengths. If you excel at making contacts for your business, write it down. Maybe your office is extremely organized or you love keeping updated with the latest online marketing. Write it down. Take a good look at your list. Notice how your life and business are better because you have these strengths.
- Now, write down what feels heavy on your mind. Take a few minutes to jot down the tasks that are pulling you down. Is it bookkeeping? Returning sales calls? Keeping up with networking?
- Next to each item, jot down the aspects that are pulling you down. Is it that the tasks are tedious and time consuming? Is it that you hate doing the math work involved in the project? Do you get anxious doing the task, such as taxes? Are you worried your spouse will complain about you being away from the family.
- Now search for solutions. Often, there are people close by who can help pull you out of the sandpit. If you’re involved in a networking group, use services offered from other group members. You can also search for referrals from friends and neighbors. You might find a bookkeeper’s not as expensive as you thought. You might meet a contractor who can replace that ceiling fan in less than an hour. A coach or an informative webinar can also help you maneuver around your obstacles so you can move forward.
- Finally, bring those people and resources into your world. Allowing others to use their strengths to help you is like having a rope thrown to you to keep you from not only sinking, but possibly avoiding quicksand altogether.
By combining your strengths with those of others, you’ll be amazed how quickly you can pull yourself out of quicksand and return to moving forward on solid ground.
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Paige Ritchie is an Advocate and Mentor to Women and Men who are Embracing the Possibilities of their Lives. She helps people find the courage and confidence to clarify ambitions and accelerate personal growth through personal life coaching, tele-group coaching and life coaching workshops and retreats. She lives in North Carolina and works with people, nationally. If you are ready to “Embrace the Possibilities” of your life, you can contact Paige at https://paigeritchie.com.